England allrounder Ravi Bopara has signed a contract extension with Essex that will see him remain with the Club until the end of the 2019 season.
England allrounder Ravi Bopara has signed a contract extension with Essex that will see him remain with the Club until the end of the 2019 season.

England allrounder Ravi Bopara has signed a contract extension with Essex that will see him remain with the Club until the end of the 2019 season.

The 33-year-old made his first-class debut for Essex back in 2002 and following James Foster s retirement, he is now the Club s longest serving player.

Bopara said: I m glad to have signed a new one-year deal with Essex County Cricket Club. I m excited for the upcoming season, which will be my 18th year with the Club and at 33, I still have plenty of years left.

Bopara ended the season as the Club s leading scorer in the County Championship but is targeting team rather than individual success next season, and said: We had a good campaign in the County Championship last year, but know we can do better. We have a good blend of youth and experience in the dressing room and the depth to challenge for the title, so that s our goal for next season.

Head Coach, Anthony McGrath is elated to see Bopara commit his future to the Club and added: Ravi is an integral part of team and will have a big role to play for us next year.

He s a local lad and has a wealth of cricketing experience, making him a great figure to have in the dressing room.